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Sammons Jazz is the most widely recognized jazz performance series in North Texas. For the past 30 years, the series has presented a who’s who of local jazz legends and rising stars, more than 1,000 artists, and counting. Jazz fans can enjoy all styles of jazz, from big band and bebop to swing and Latin, on the first Wednesday of each month, February through May and September through December.

Each concert begins at 7:30 pm and generally features two groups with a brief intermission between sets. A buffet-style meal is provided. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center for the Arts, open at 7:00 pm Seating is open, dress is business casual or casual.

Performing at Sammons Jazz: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, in a variety of jazz styles. To be considered as a performer, please send your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to arlington@sammonsartcenter.org

February 6

February 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

The classic sound of jazz clarinet takes center stage in the first set when clarinetist/saxophonist Chris McGuire and his swinging band pay tribute to legends like Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Sidney Bechet.

What happens when two smooth drummers hold a drum off? Find out when Andrew Griffith and Jaelun Washington join forces in a second set reminiscent of the drum battles mounted by Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Buddy Rich.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

March 6

March 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

A timeless set by acclaimed vocalists Carolyn Lee Jones, Sandra Kaye, Heather Paterson, and Tony Hakim opens this annual tribute to beloved jazz singer Leigh Tomlinson. The stellar group is backed by an equally celebrated band: Brad Williams on piano, George Anderson on bass, and Andrew Griffith on drums.

The all-star tribute continues with a refreshing collaboration featuring innovative vocalists Garry Williams, Tatiana Mayfield, Candace “Mahogany” Miller, and Damon K. Clark. Their A-list band includes pianist Shelton Summons, bassist Jerome Allen, and drummer Lamont Taylor.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

April 3

April 3, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Renowned jazz harpist Cindy Horstman fronts 2tone and the Dallas Jazz Harp Ensemble in this pleasing two-for-one opening set where strings of all kinds rule. Joining Cindy on stage are notable artists Michael Medina on bass, harpists Laura Brandenburg and Kimberly  DeRosa, and Brad Leali on sax.

Pianist and composer Dave Zoller and his group, Evidence, share their deep appreciation of Thelonious Monk with selections from their recordings of the jazz giant’s works. Dave’s distinguished band features Aaron Irwinsky on saxes, Woody  Berner on drums, and Jeffry Eckels on bass.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

May 1

May 1, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sammons Jazz, Arlington Jones & The Brethren honor past Sammons Jazz artistic directors Vicho Vicencio (1989-1996), Roger Boykin (1996-1999), and James Gilyard (1999-2011) and famed visual artist Bart Forbes to mark the release of the “Sammons Jazz Directors Cut” CD/DVD. The recording includes music from the special Sammons Jazz concert performed in December 2017 plus interviews with the artistic directors and others who created and sustained North Texas’ premier jazz series.

Arlington, the Sammons Jazz Artistic Director since 2011 and a Steinway Artist, performs both sets of this momentous concert with Nick Clark on bass and Brannen Temple on drums.

To be placed on the wait list for this concert, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

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Sammons Cabaret is a New York-style cabaret performance series launched in the Spring of 2012 featuring top local vocal performers. The series showcases local artists in an intimate, elegant setting where the artist is the focal point. It is an intensely personal evening of song and stories, where the audience participates in a direct, emotional conversation with the artist.

The Carson Series of Sammons Cabaret, sponsored by Judy and Royal Carson, features top local vocalists performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, torch songs, and other standards.

Presented in the intimate setting of Kurth Hall on the third Thursday of the month, February through May and September through December, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm and again during intermission. Doors to Kurth Hall, located on the fourth floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Cabaret: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

January 25

January 25, 2019 | 7:30 pm @ Meadows Hall

Beginning with a wine tasting, the Astrid Merriman Cabaret & Cabernet Fete is a semi-annual evening of fine music and fine wines highlighted by a cabaret singer showcase. The showcase features more than ten of the DFW area’s top vocalists, each performing one song from the Great American Songbook, a Broadway show, a jazz standard, or even a pop classic. The popular Larry Petty Combo accompanies many of the singers.

Reserved tables of six guests cost $400. Admission for all guests includes the wine tasting, cabaret showcase, light appetizers, other beverages, and valet parking. Tables hosts also receive a one-year Sammons Cabaret Society membership at the Nite Club level, a gift certificate for two tickets to a Sammons Cabaret, and a CD by a local cabaret artist.

For more information, call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788 or email info@sammonsartcenter.org.

February 21

February 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

After moving to Dallas in 2000, Goga was introduced to the music of legendary American artists Buddy Guy, Marvin Gaye, and Barry White. He combined their influences with his Eastern European roots to put a new spin on an extensive repertoire of jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and international favorites. His vocal prowess and ability to transition effortlessly between genres are not his only draws; he composes songs and plays piano and guitar. Known for giving audiences unforgettable showmanship, Goga radiates a passion for performance!

March 21

March 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Whether on or off the stage, Sheran Goodspeed Keyton is a force of nature. She sings, acts, directs, choreographs, and teaches, bringing her incredible talent to theaters, private and public events, commercial recording studios, and even movie sets throughout the state and beyond. Winning awards for her portrayals of blues singer Bessie Smith and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, Sheran’s role as Etta James so impressed one critic that she was tapped as “one of Dallas’ reigning musical theater divas.”

April 18

DIANA SHEEHAN: Liner Notes: A Life in Song (SOLD OUT)
April 18, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Some of the most gorgeous melodies ever composed get Diana Sheehan’s magical touch when she sings treasures like “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Respected for her expansive stage work off-Broadway, on national tours, and in regional theaters across the nation, her cabaret shows have been produced in New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Diana’s breathtaking vocals and skilled interpretations are on full display when she performs “Liner Notes: A Life in Song” at Sammons Cabaret.

This concert is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, please call (214) 520-7788.

May 16

May 16, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Suave, Urbane, Cool – just a few of the words that personify Mr. Terry Loftis. He will take you on a musical trip to the great cabaret shows of New York harking back to Bobbie Short, Nina Simone and other great nightclub singers. Terry always gives his performances full expression and his own personal interpretation. His cabaret show features tunes like “Satin Doll”, “Laura” and “Someone to Light Up My Life” and so many other great standards. An evening to savor, enjoy, and experience with a glass of champagne and a special someone by your side.


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Sammons Discovery launched in 2016 to showcase the unique music artists and music of North Texas. From mandolin orchestras and jazz harp ensembles to percussionists and guitarists whose repertoires span multiple genres, the series has proven to be a special performance experience for the artists and audiences alike.

Presented in the historic setting of Meadows Hall on select Fridays, each concert begins at 8:00 pm and consists of two sets with a brief intermission between sets. Refreshments are served from 7:30 pm through intermission. Doors to Meadows Hall, located on the first floor of the historic Sammons Center, open at 7:30 pm

Performing at Sammons Discovery: We hire local acts from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. To be considered as a performer, please forward your bio, photo (or electronic press kit), music sample, and contact information to info@sammonsartcenter.org

May 31

May 31, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Kurth Hall

Guitar virtuoso Rhett Butler reunites with bandmates Martin McCall and Phil McNeese for a rare performance at the Sammons Center. Butler may be best known for playing two guitars at the same time, but his true gift is a mastery of multiple styles. Currently a third-year medical student dedicated to fighting cancer, he has played alongside artists such as Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel and Joe Satriani. His passionate performances led to his recent induction into the Buddy Magazine Texas Tornado Hall of Fame.

Butler’s trademark hammer-on style allows him to play two guitars at once by fingering each of the fret boards, coaxing filigreed harmonies and shimmering melodies without needing to strum. Nevertheless, he consistently amazes his audiences by playing one guitar at a time, too, using five or six different guitars during his concerts.

Admission is $40 per person and includes valet parking, appetizers, beverages and the concert. Sammons members receive a $5 per person discount; annual memberships begin at $35. All major credit cards are accepted.


Sammons Center for the Arts programs depend on both individual and corporate donors like you. Thank you for your support of the best Jazz and Cabaret performances in town! Please see sponsorship opportunities below:

Underwrite a Concert

Sponsorships for Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret or Sammons Center Discovery Concerts start at $1500.  These concerts provide a unique opportunity for your company to combine client development with the support of the arts in Dallas.  The friendly, non-commercial setting creates an informal atmosphere in which your company’s executives and clients can be entertained and enjoy a company-sponsored event.

SAMMONS JAZZ is a complete evening entertainment package including free valet parking, complimentary beverages, and dinner, and, of course, the best live jazz entertainment in Dallas.  Your company will continue to enhance its reputation for investing in quality while receiving benefits and prominent recognition.  SAMMONS CABARET AND SAMMONS CENTER DISCOVERY provide unique custom-tailored sponsorship opportunities that also include complimentary valet parking, refreshments, and beverages.  For more information please complete the Inquiry Form or call the Sammons Center at (214) 520-7788.

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Hours of Operation

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:                       Closed

Building Hours
Monday – Friday:      8:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday:                    9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:                       Noon – 8:00 pm  (Closed on Sundays in June, July, and August)

The building is closed on select holidays including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For specific holiday closings, call (214) 520-7788.


The Sammons Center for the Arts is located at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, between North Houston Street and Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas, TX. The driveway to the building is accessible from the right lane of northbound Harry Hines Blvd. From southbound Harry Hines Blvd., make a U-turn at N. Houston St. (this is a signal-protected turn).


There are 58 surface parking lot spaces adjacent to the building and 37 additional spaces below the Dallas North Tollway overpass and near North Houston Street. For guests attending Sammons Jazz, Sammons Cabaret, and Sammons Discovery performances, complimentary valet parking is included in admission.

Resident arts organizations and other groups renting the Sammons Center are encouraged to purchase valet services. Guests attending an event presented by a resident or other group at the Center may visit the Partner Events page or contact the presenting organization to confirm parking options.


All levels of the Sammons Center are accessible to wheelchair users and others with special needs. From the sidewalk on Harry Hines Blvd., an accessible ramp is located at the northwest corner of the building. Handicap parking is available in the Center lot. All restrooms have fully accessible stalls. Certified service animals are welcome.

What can I expect at a concert?

Casual atmosphere, dress is typically business casual. Sammons Jazz: Reception on the second floor from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by buffet-style dinner and beverages upon entering Meadows Hall at 7:00 pm. Table seating for 2 – 8 people (first-come, first-served). Sammons Cabaret: Beverages and hors-d’oeuvres reception from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the second floor, followed by the concert in Kurth Hall at 8:00 pm. Food and beverages are allowed in Kurth Hall; seating provides small side tables for placing refreshments. Each concert includes a brief intermission.

Concert Attire

Dress is typically business casual although some Sammons Cabaret attendees do wear cocktail attire.

What is included in the price of my ticket?

Sammons Jazz: Complimentary valet, buffet-style meal, and beverages.
Sammons Cabaret: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
Sammons Discovery: Complimentary valet, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

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